The ninth graders are herded into the auditorium. We fall into clans: Jock, Country Clubbers, nerds, Cheerleaders, and more. I am nothing. I wasted the last weeks of August watching bad cartoons. I didn't go to the mall, the lake, the pool, or answer the phone. I have entered high school with the wrong hair, clothes, attitude, and I don't have anyone to sit with.
From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end of the summer party by calling the cops. A major infraction in high school society, so her old friends won't talk to her and people she doesn't know glare at her.
PUT YOUR HANDS UP!!!!
In this powerful novel, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.